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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 11, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Potholes Reservoir fishing action heating up as temperatures rise

Here is the Potholes Reservoir fishing report:

2011 will be remembered as a” high water year.”

On Aug. 8 the primary channel to the Big Dune on the west arm of the Potholes Reservoir has between 5-6 feet of water depth. All spawns has finished and completed well! People are commenting on the clouds of new fish plus swirling balls of baby catfish.

Now Potholes Reservoir is dropping rapidly, at a current water elevation of 1034.60 feet; this is about 11 feet below full pool. The water is now dropping about 1 ½ feet a week.

Anglers are commenting on the crappie action on beaver huts all over the reservoir. Our bass fishing continues to be phenomenal! Potholes Reservoir was rated Washington State’s #1 bass fishery by the WDFW and the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association.

Topwater baits such as the Spro Frog are drawing exciting strikes with our 90F plus daytime high’s. Largemouth Bass up to 7lbs. have been reported all over the dunes. Walleye fishing has been doing well with many fish being caught on worm harnesses trolling the face of the dunes. Trolling in 10-30 feet of water had been most productive. Fishing at the MarDon Resort dock has been getting increasingly better as the water lowers. Families are beginning to catch plenty of bluegill and smallmouth in and around the marina.

Watersports families are enjoying swimming pool like water temperatures, with the water temps regularly topping 80 degrees throughout the reservoir. At one time the Sand Dunes on Potholes Reservoir was rated one of the top 10 jet-ski locations in the United States. We also have plenty of beach area at the resort, along with miles of sandy beaches back in the dunes. Come out and enjoy a day riding and swimming through the numerous channels of the Potholes Reservoir Sand Dunes!

Potholes Reservoir is the NW waterfowler mecca and the Northern Canadian Provinces waterfowl nesting counts for the Pacific Flyway this year is 27% above the 56 year average. Simply put this means more ducks will be in Central-Eastern Washington that we have seen in the past 40 years! Look up DuckTaxi website and book a hunt.

MarDon Resort is proud to announce our first ever “Share With Your Friends” Contest on our Facebook page! Share MarDon Resort with all of your Facebook Friends and tell them to “Like” our page. The person who refers the most friends by the Aug. 15 end date wins 2 FREE Nights in one of our great Cottages, a fully guided fishing trip with Bass Guide Nick Barr ( and a great tackle pack from Rapala Lures. It’s easy, and you can win over $1,000 in prizes!

Our next upcoming event is the annual Beach Party Poker Run on Aug. 27, on Potholes Reservoir. Take your boat or jet-ski out to each of the dune islands to play challenging games and win the best hands to win cash and some great prizes! If you don’t have a boat, you can even play on land at the resort. This is an ALL DAY PARTY event with a special beach party closing with music, food, dancing, and more! Come join us for one of the best MarDon parties of the year! Please call us at (509) 346-2651 or check us out at MarDon Resort wesbite, even “Like” us on Facebook!

The New Beach Bar & Grill is under NEW OWNERSHIP! We welcome Dan Renn and Denise as the new owner and managers of the bar & grill here at MarDon Resort. Look forward to some great changes, upcoming new specials, and an exciting atmosphere for your dining experience.

Lastly, our storekeeper Rob has some great lab pups for sale. These dogs are from an amazing line of smart, intelligent hunting labs. This is your chance to find that next hunting companion. Call Steve or Debbie at 360-710-4749. The pups will be ready Aug. 22.



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